Seattle Pacific University, Laboratory Sciences Building

Seattle, Washington

The Laboratory Sciences Building represents the first phase of Seattle Pacific University’s commitment to bring the biology, chemistry and portions of the psychology departments to a prominent location on the central campus known as The Loop. The selection of this location required a design response that would allow the new science building to take its place among the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY350COST PER SQ FT$285.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio and revered buildings that make up the core of the campus. Traditional building materials and careful integration of mechanical equipment contribute to the character of the existing campus.

The ground floor of the new science building is designed to invite all students and faculty into the building. The Garden Vestibule, Discovery Room and study room form a chain of “common” spaces, designed to link the sciences with general campus activity. The Discovery Room, sharing its volume with the main stair, is a gallery space for the interactive display and presentation of scientific education. Teaching spaces are designed to promote interaction among disciplines through shared support and research spaces, and the corridors feature display cases and windows into the lab environments, encouraging students to “learn by walking the halls.”

The Laboratory Sciences Building is a high-touch, high-tech facility. Lab environments focus on hands-on, macro-scale experimentation to better equip students with practical skills needed in the workplace. A fully automated and self-contained greenhouse integrated into the building roof form houses a varied terrestrial and aquatic botanical collection. Communications cabling extends to each laboratory and teaching and learning station, including each seat in the lecture hall.

Building features include 11 teaching laboratories, eight research laboratories, an imaging suite, a 70-seat lecture hall, a rooftop greenhouse, 17 faculty offices, and multiple spaces for interaction and study. A basement houses security- and vibration-sensitive equipment and spaces, and floors one to three are devoted to teaching and learning spaces. Mechanical equipment is on a penthouse level, concealed within the hip roof form. The building has been designed and constructed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.